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Having a Plan Can Help Quell Anxiety for Caregivers who Are Worried about 'COVID-19'


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ALABAMA'S MORE THAN 760-THOUSAND UNPAID FAMILY-CAREGIVERS ALREADY FACE A DAUNTING SET OF DAILY TASKS.  NOW, THE CORONAVIRUS-PANDEMIC IS FURTHER COMPLICATING THEIR LIVES--ESPECIALLY IF THEY HAVE OLDER LOVED-ONES.  THAT'S WHY "A-A-R-P ALABAMA" URGES CAREGIVERS TO HAVE A PLAN--IN CASE EITHER THEY OR A LOVED-ONE GETS SICK.  CANDI WILLIAMS IS THE GROUP'S STATE-DIRECTOR...

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CREATE A LIST OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO CAN PERFORM DAILY TASKS--AND, IF AVAILABLE, IDENTIFY LOCAL SERVICES THAT MAY OFFER THEM A RESPITE.  DETERMINE HOW MUCH FOOD, MEDICATION, AND BASIC SUPPLIES YOUR CARE-RECIPIENT HAS ON-HAND; WE RECOMMEND HAVING AT LEAST TWO WEEKS' WORTH.  MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A LIST OF MEDICATIONS, MEDICAL CONTACTS, AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR LOVED-ONE--SUCH AS DRUG-ALLERGIES.  IF THERE ARE MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS COMING UP, ASK IF THE DOCTOR CAN DO IT BY PHONE OR VIDEO.  DEVELOP A COMMUNICATION-PLAN, AND IDENTIFY TIMES WHEN MEMBERS OF THE CARE-TEAM WILL CHECK-IN ON YOUR LOVED-ONE; THIS CAN INCLUDE NOT JUST ONLINE COMMUNICATION, BUT ALSO TELEPHONE-CALLS AND EVEN MAIL.  FINALLY, IT'S EVEN MORE IMPORTANT FOR CAREGIVERS TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES:  WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY, AVOID CROWDS, PRACTICE 'SOCIAL DISTANCING', AND STAY AT HOME--AT THE FIRST SIGN OF FEELING SICK."

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FOR MORE TIPS AND RESOURCES, VISIT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"CAREGIVING"--OR CALL 1-877-333-5885, WEEKDAYS.



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